So, why should you invest in coaching with me?
As well as passion for helping others, I also bring my own personal experience of finding balance and fulfilment as a woman and mother.
After completing my BSc Hons degree at Durham University I went to work for Unilever for 5 years. There were many aspects of my job that I enjoyed but I knew that I wasn’t completely fulfilled so I took a career break to travel the world and on my return made the decision to train as a teacher.
Again, there were many aspects of teaching that I loved, in particular, helping and supporting others: seeing a child, parent or colleague working through a problem or starting to believe in themselves was hugely rewarding and something I knew I had a talent for. However, the stresses and strains of the job started to take their toll, especially after I started a family. I felt that balancing life as a working mother (or not balancing it, as the case may be) had left me stretched thin, so thin that parts of me had become invisible.
I knew that I had to make a change and after a few failed attempts I decided to leave teaching for good. Finding the courage to do this came from a number of sources. Initially, I took the time to explore things that filled me up and challenged me rather than draining me: I began an adult street dance class and performed in shows; I took up running and worked my way up to completing 3 half marathons. The more I challenged myself, the more I realised I could apply this fearlessness to other areas of my life and after experiencing life coaching myself I knew that I was ready to begin a new chapter of my life.
I still work as a tutor, because I will never lose my love of working with children, but I have also been training with the Co-Active Training Institute and have completed my Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills and Theory.
During my time as a coach, I have come to realise that:
fear is often stopping women from feeling fully empowered and in control of their lives.
finding your own way to be fulfilled and living life in line with your core values doesn’t just benefit you but has a ripple effect to others in your life and beyond.
It is a powerful realisation that, by investing in ourselves, which can at first seem selfish, we are actually helping the people we love.